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DAVID BROWN, No. 6. ST ANDREW'S STREET,
J. NISBET, LONDON.
DURING his life-time, the Author of the following Lectures had been frequently solicited by some of his earliest and most esteemed friends in the ministry to publish them. For some time before his death, he had entertained serious thoughts of complying with their solicitations. It has been judged, by the surviving members of his family, not improper to carry into effect what they knew to have been his intention.
A desire, which it is presumed will appear natural and proper, to follow out his design, and thus to gratify the friends in consequence of whose request this design was ori. ginally formed, led to the selection of Dr LAWSON's Lectures on the Proverbs from the Discourses on many books of Scripture which are found among his writings.
While it is probable that these Discourses will be judged not altogether free from the (vi)
defects incident to posthumous publications, it is at the same time hoped that they will be found to exhibit the same characteristic qualities which have secured for his other Expository Writings the approbation of the Public.
At the suggestion of some valued friends, the present mode of publication was adopted; and much gratitude is due to the ministers and others, whose exertions have promoted its success.
It would have been the earnest prayer of the Author had he been still alive, and it is the prayer of his surviving relatives, who have sent the Work to the Press, that the Work may be rendered instrumental in advancing the best interests of mankind.